The following folks will be sharing their talent at this year's gathering.
Mark is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar. Mark’s teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life. He has taught yoga for over forty years throughout the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand... (more info)
Joanna Mack began her pursuit of Classical North Indian Music in 1997. While studying Neuroscience at UCSD, she attended a Classical Indian Music class with sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri, a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar of the Maihar Gharana. She had been involved in Western music since childhood but was immediately drawn to Indian music... (more info)
Conceived by four friends on the sandy shores of California, Soul Majestic channels their sunny beach days and bonfire nights into their unique brand of reggae music. But look beyond their laid back vibe, and you’ll find they are ever pushing the boundaries of the genre with an edge that cuts through the smoky haze. Their music blends their deep commitment to roots reggae with their love of rock, hip-hop, pop and folk music... (more info)
Bruce Hamm is a disciple of the revered maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He began studying the sitar and vocal music with Khansahib at Ali Akbar College of Music in 1974. After several years of studying the sitar, Bruce decided to switch his main instrument to the Sarod. He then pursued a serious and continuous study of classical instrumental and vocal music over the span of 4 decades. Bruce continues his mentor’s legacy today by teaching anyone who is willing to dedicate themselves to the art of music and mesmerizing crowds worldwide... (more info)
Guner Tautrim was born and raised in Santa Barbara County, a 6th generation descendant on the same piece of ranch land that was purchased by his great great great grandfather Bruno Orella in 1866.
A Permaculture designer using appropriate building materials and honoring the best location, orientation and design of structures, Guner believes we can greatly reduce our impact on the earth. He is a strong proponent of ecological design and appropriate land use that respects our coastal resources while maximizing our potential to provide for our greater community.
Guner is a board member of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy as well as being appointed to the Santa Barbara County Gaviota Planning Advisory Committee.
RAW FOOD COOKING
Cheri Rae Russell
Cheri Rae fell in love with yoga in 1987 and has been sharing this joy ever since. Though her practice is rooted in traditional ashtanga/hatha yoga, her humor makes yoga accessible to everyone!
In addition to being a world-class yoga instructor, Cheri Rae happens to be a phenomenal vegetarian cook. And so a raw food bar (the first and only of its kind in downtown LA) was a natural addition to Peace Yoga and all part of the experience she wants her students to enjoy. That same passion you’ll find taking one of Cheri Rae’s classes, can be found in a mouth full of the food she prepares.
You can find Cheri Rae at Peace Yoga Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.
Passionate about the environment and both practitioners of yoga and meditation. Oriana & Eric from Soul Majestic will be playing acoustic reggae soul folk. Yet their experience as musicians and in the music industry reaches far beyond the day they first met... (more info)
WOMEN'S & FAMILY HEALTH
Crescence teaches from the ground of her direct experience over the last twenty-six years. Ever since she gave birth to her daughter in 1991, she has worked as a birth doula, participating in life at its most primal expression as the Mother force. Here she's been brought again and again into the heart of women's spiritual and sexual power. A pioneer in the evolution of birth preparation, prenatal yoga and doula work in Toronto, she integrates the wisdom of traditional midwifery and yoga into our contemporary birthing environments.
Meeting Mark Whitwell in 2006, Crescence gained both the philosophical paradigm through which she gives voice to women's wisdom, and the practical breath-body means she shares for women and men alike to know and nourish the heart of their beauty and strength. Crescence is mentoring the next generation of doulas and yoga teachers: www.heartofbirth.org
Louise gets awesome results because of her unique combination of heart, intuition, dynamic passion, power and clarity. Inviting you to gently but powerfully explore the depths of your being and desires. Awaken, Heal, Release, Activate, Unleash, Balance, Transform, Liberate, Transcend through embodied, mindful movement and stillness of yoga, dance, tantra and meditation.
Using the power of presence, breath, pranayama, sound, mantra, movement, music, rhythm to cleanse and activate YOU and your life through your energy system. Expanding and transforming the way you connect to yourself, others, your community, and intimate relationships. Bring like minded and like-hearted people together so you can find your tribe!
More info: www.facebook.com/heartofyogafiji
Heart of Yoga teacher Patrick Ryan is a community garden specialist helping to set up multiple gardens in Fiji and Sri Lanka. He believes that gardening is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself, your community and your planet... as Nature is the best teacher. He says: “As we build these gardens together, the joy I have seen on children's faces is priceless, and it offers a life changing experience for all ages.”
Patrick has observed that the villages of Fiji are not exempt from the problems of most modern diets with too much wheat, salt and sugar. By helping to build gardens for as many villages as possible, we will expand the surprisingly limited range of vegetables that are presently grown on the island. We will teach basic proven techniques for these new community gardens to thrive, and bring physical and financial benefits to the Fijians for whom they provide.
Patrick says, "One of the things I get the most joy from when creating community gardens is the function of bringing people together, and empowering them with the resources that build over time. Being part of this team and this project will ground you. Gardening is just good. It allows one to connect deeply with the earth by growing a sense of personal awareness with trust… and being part of this tribe will have long lasting positive effects."